The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

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13 Critic Reviews

The characters who make up King Henry's court come alive through Gregory's writing. Filled with lies, manipulation, and intrigue, this novel is hard to put down.
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Synopsis

From “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) comes this New York Times bestseller featuring three very different women whose fates are each bound by a bloody curse: the legacy of the Boleyn family.

After the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII of England decides to take a new wife, but this time, not for love. The Boleyn Inheritance follows three women whose lives are forever changed because of the king’s decision, as they must balance precariously in an already shaky Tudor Court.

Anne of Cleves is to be married to Henry to form a political alliance, though the rocky relationship she has to the king does not bode well for her or for England.

Katherine Howard is the young, beautiful woman who captures Henry’s eye, even though he is set to marry Anne. Her spirit runs free and her passions run hot—though her affections may not be returned upon the King.

Jane Rochford was married to George Boleyn, and it was her testimony that sent her husband and infamous sister-in-law Anne to their deaths. Throughout the country, her name is known for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust.

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about three women whose positions brought them wealth, admirations, and power, as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror.
 

About Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.
 
Published December 5, 2006 by Touchstone. 531 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Apr 27 2014
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Critic reviews for The Boleyn Inheritance
All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Blog Critics

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Reviewed by cwahmjill on Sep 25 2007

The characters who make up King Henry's court come alive through Gregory's writing. Filled with lies, manipulation, and intrigue, this novel is hard to put down.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by cwahmjill on Sep 25 2007

The characters who make up King Henry's court come alive through Gregory's writing. Filled with lies, manipulation, and intrigue, this novel is hard to put down.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Aug 23 2012

Each character has a but in her life at the moment and each carry a piece of the Boleyn Inheritance...Using her writing skills, Gregory weaves a web of storylines around the rise and fall of three women in a difficult time in history.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Crystal McNeal on Oct 14 2010

The book is another fun speculation of what could have been going through the minds of the women at such a powerful and complicated court.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Kayla Posney on Oct 05 2009

"The Boleyn Inheritance" is a great chioce for anyone interested in the later queens of King Henry VIII and what their stories were like. It is well-written, full of suspense, intrigue, romance, and even a few laughs.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Kathy Weissman on Jan 07 2011

THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE is a private view of history, emotionally charged and irresistibly readable. Gregory gets inside the hearts and heads of her characters from the start.

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RT Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Jun 25 2014

Allowing her characters to speak in first person, Gregory imbues history with realism and human drama. As in the finest of historical fiction, she doesn't skimp on history but infuses it with humanity.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Lynette Rice on Dec 01 2006

Aided by research, Gregory not only gives a fascinating account of palace life but a harrowing first-person glimpse of Kitty's final hours before her beheading...If only grade-school history books were written so vividly.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Donna Freydkin on Dec 04 2006

By making her women so real, so flawed and so normal Catherine has the hots for a man at court and has an affair with him, Anne of Cleves is repulsed by her grotesquely fat husband of a king Gregory makes the past come alive.

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Pajiba

Below average
Reviewed by loulamac on Dec 16 2013

...I couldn’t get past the smugness. The writing is lazy in places...and at times I felt like I was reading the output of the novel-writing robot that the novelist keeps in her cellar.

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Curled Up

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Reviewed by Luan Gaines on Apr 19 2006

Gregory’s female characters are infinitely compelling, rising from the pages of history to claim their own inheritance.

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Literate Housewife

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on Apr 19 2007

This was a novel, but it was based upon facts that were researched by the author. I did not know what was to become of any of the three narrators when I started this book. I learned some history as a result.

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Monniblog

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Reviewed by Monica on Apr 19 2009

...I just enjoyed the book and could go on and on about these characters and this age in history for a loooong time.

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